Truth or Cherry Picking: A Statistical Approach to Chiastic Intentionality

Title

Truth or Cherry Picking: A Statistical Approach to Chiastic Intentionality

Book Title

Chiasmus: The State of the Art

Publication Type

Book

Year of Publication

2020

Authors

Edwards, Boyd F. (Primary), and Edwards, W. Farrell (Primary)

Editors

Parry, Donald W. (Secondary), and Welch, John W. (Secondary)

Pagination

311–317

Publisher

BYU Studies/Book of Mormon Central

City

Provo, UT/Springville, UT

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Edwards, Boyd F., and Edwards, W. Farrell. "Truth or Cherry Picking: A Statistical Approach to Chiastic Intentionality" In Chiasmus: The State of the Art, Edited by Parry, Donald W., and Welch, John W. 311–317. Provo, UT/Springville, UT: BYU Studies/Book of Mormon Central, 2020.

Abstract

The only way to know for sure about the intentionality of a chiasm is for its author to state whether he intentionally applied the chiastic form during composition. In many cases of interest, no such statement exists, and scholars are left to assess intentionality using only the text of the chiastic passage itself. To this end, several scholars have proposed criteria for evaluating chiasms, and we have introduced statistical tools for such evaluations.

Table of Contents

Book

Chiasmus: The State of the Art
Parry, Donald W.

17 Chapters

Introduction
Parry, Donald W. | pp. 5–15
Chiasmus in the Book of Genesis
Rendsburg, Gary A. | pp. 17–34
Chiastic Structuring of the Genesis Flood Story: The Art of Using Chiasm as an Effective Compositional Tool for Combining Earlier Chiastic Narratives
Scott, Steven R. | pp. 35–65
Exegesis or Eisegesis: Does Chiastic Analysis Help Us to Understand Leviticus 20?
Burnside, Jonathan | pp. 67–84
At the Intersection of Scribal Training and Theological Profundity: Chiasm as an Editorial Technique in the Primeval History and Deuteronomy
Levinson, Bernard M. | pp. 85–16
Chiasmus in the Text of Isaiah: MT Isaiah versus the Great Isaiah Scroll
Parry, Donald W. | pp. 107–127
“With strong hand and with outstretched arm” (Deuteronomy 4:34); “With outstretched hand and with strong arm” (Jeremiah 21:5): Chiasmus in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah
Seely, David Rolph | pp. 129–150
Narrating Homicide Chiastically
Welch, John W. | pp. 151–176
Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: 2 Nephi as a Case Study
Reynolds, Noel B. | pp. 177–192
Jesus and the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5–13): A Window to Chiasmus and Apostolic Pedagogy
Buckwalter, H. Douglas | pp. 193–205
Rethinking the Structure of the "Farewell Discourse" (John 13–17) through a Chiastic Lens
Brouwer, Wayne | pp. 193–205
From “Linguistic Turn” and Hebrews Scholarship to Anadiplosis Iterata: The Enigma of a Structure
Gelardini, Gabriella | pp. 231–256
Mirrored Poeticity: Chiastic Structuring in Mayan Languages
Hull, Kerry M. | pp. 257–288
Chiasmus Criteria in Review
Rappleye, Neal | pp. 289–309
Truth or Cherry Picking: A Statistical Approach to Chiastic Intentionality
Edwards, Boyd F. | pp. 311–317
The Roles of Words, Phrases, and Ideas in Macro-Chiasms
Ehat, Stephen Kent | pp. 319–342
Selected Bibliography on Chiasmus, 1980–2020
Rappleye, Neal | pp. 343–358
Chiasmus

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